Bolivia rebels at rightist timepieces, flips clock

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Associated Press

Posted on June 25, 2014 at 4:01 PM

Updated Thursday, Jun 26 at 12:01 AM

LA PAZ, Bolivia (AP) — Bolivia's leftist government is turning back the clock. Or turning it backwards, at least.

The government this week flipped the clock atop the Congress building so that while it's still accurate, the hands now turn to the left, a direction known elsewhere as counterclockwise.

Officials say the move is an expression of de-colonization in a country with a long-suppressed indigenous majority. President Evo Morales became its first indigenous president when he took office in 2006.

But the opposition ridiculed the move. One lawmaker called it an attempt to "change the universal laws of time."

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